Throughout the years in Dallas County the high school basketball teams have shown varied success in their seasons for both boys and girls.
The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn boys basketball team fell on hard times during the 2012-13 season finishing just 3-19 overall after finishing 20-4 the season before, including a trip to the state tournament where they lost in the first round. The Tigers also made the state tournament in 2008 and finished third overall in Class 3A.
The Tigers beat West Delaware, Manchester in overtime 68-60 in the quarterfinals before losing to Harlan in the semifinals. They won in the consolation game against Forest City 79-45 to seal up their third-place finish.
The A-D-M girls’ basketball team has not been to the state tournament in quite some time with their only tournament appearance as Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School being back in 1995. Adel-DeSoto High School also appeared in the state tournament one time in 1976 and Adel High School, back before they merged with anyone, had five state tournament appearances in the 1970s and in 1937.
The Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ basketball team, as the school stands today, has made the state tournament three times in school history with all three being in recent years. The Mustangs have made the state tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
The Mustangs have never won a state tournament game losing to Davenport, Assumption twice (2010, 2013) and Norwalk once. The Mustangs were upset this year in the district tournament by Bondurant-Farrar and missed out on the state tournament but still finished with a 20-3 overall record and a Little Hawkeye Conference Championship.
The Fillies also won the Little Hawkeye Conference Championship with a 21-3 record and a trip to the state tournament where they lost in the first round to Carlisle. This was the third state tournament appearance in school history for the girls’ basketball team since Iowa Girls High School Athletics Union sponsorship.
Van Meter has only sent three teams to the state tournament in its history between the two teams. The boys have been there once, but not since 1936, and the girls have made two appearances, one in 1939 and one in 2001.
Both VM teams were successful this season with the girls finishing 16-7 overall and the boys finishing with a 19-3 record overall. The Bulldog boys were upset in the district tournament by Panorama, losing by a score of 62-56 and missing out on their first state tournament appearance in 78 years.
The Bulldog girls also missed out on the state tournament this season, losing to Des Moines Christian in the regional tournament.
The Waukee girls’ basketball team has had the most success in the area as far as making the state tournament goes. In total, they have made it to the tournament 11 times, including this season, where they lost in the first round to West Des Moines, Dowling Catholic. They finished the season with a 20-4 record overall.
The Warrior girls have made the tournament six times since 2008 with appearances in ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12 and 2014. Before that they made the tournament five times in the 1980s.
The Waukee boys finished this season with an 18-5 record but fell short of the state tournament. They were upset in the substate tournament by Urbandale 48-44. The Warriors have made the state tournament five time since 2000 with appearances in 2000, ‘08, ‘11 and ‘12.
Woodward-Granger has sent the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams to the state tournament once each. It’s been a pretty long drought for both teams as the girls have not made the state tournament since 1993 and the boys haven’t made it since 1985.
The boys’ team struggled this season winning just one game all season long and it didn’t come until the district tournament against Iowa Christian Academy.
The girls finished 11-12 on the season, losing 45-39 to Des Moines Christian in the regional tournament.
The successes vary from year to year and some teams and fan bases have been waiting a long time for a state tournament appearance, but history shows that, usually, the parents of student athletes and fans of high school sports in Dallas County have something to look forward to when basketball season comes around.